Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos believes boss Zinedine Zidane’s task to restore the club to their former glory will be no easy feat.
The German midfielder is adamant that the French legend returned to a side in turmoil, but possesses the ability to help the Spanish giants challenge for both domestic and European glory again.
‘It is not easy to take a team to where Zidane left us. It is difficult to reach that level,’ Kroos said
‘When Zidane returned, it was as if he had never left, although the situation when he returned in mid-March 2019 was different from when he left in May 2018.
‘For Zidane it was a difficult time to return, everything was lost.’
The return of Real’s legendary striker proved to be a masterstroke from club president Florentino Perez. Under Zidane, in the tactician’s first gig in the senior game, the Spaniards went on to lift three consecutive Champions League trophies.
Madrid also completed a league and European cup double in 2017, largely propelled to success by Cristiano Ronaldo. But when the Portuguese superstar departed for Italy soon after, Los Blancos became Spain’s most unlikely crisis club.
Less than a year after his original departure, Zidane returned to the Bernabeu – although results and performances under the Frenchman have been underwhelming.
But Kroos had backed Zidane to turn the tide at Madrid and restore the club to its former
glory and believes that Zidane is still the best man for the job.
He added: ‘Zidane always wants to perfect himself as a coach. He is constantly thinking.
‘We want to play better and more consistently too. That is they key, the rest comes following on from that. If you play better, you will fight for the titles, even if in the Champions League a couple of details are decisive.’
Madrid will be looking to shake off a relatively poor pre-season campaign before their La Liga opener against Celta Vigo on August 17, with poor results on the pitch adding to complications over Welsh star Gareth Bale’s immediate future.